Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: text, Manija takes Bijan to her chamber in Afrasiyab’s palace, Afrasiyab learns of Bijan’s presence; verso: Piran stays the execution of Bijan at the very foot of the gibbet

citation

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskhi script; recto: text: Manija takes Bijan to her chamber in Afrasiyab’s palace, Afrasiyab learns of Bijan’s presence, 6 columns, 29 lines; verso: illustration and text: Piran stays the execution of Bijan at the very foot of the gibbet, 6 columns, 19 lines; one of a group of 6 folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red, green, gold, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, 1300-1350
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 26.4 x 18.4 cm (10 3/8 x 7 1/4 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1945.26.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Detached manuscript folio

Keywords
Afrasiyab, Bijan, death, Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, Manija, naskh script, Piran, Shahnama, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1945
H. Kahn Monif (died 1968), Persian Antique Gallery, New York, NY, to 1945 [1]

From 1945
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H. Kahn Monif in 1945

Notes:

[1] Undated folder sheet note. For additional information, see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

H. Kahn Monif died 1968

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black naskhi script; recto: text: Manija takes Bijan to her chamber in Afrasiyab’s palace, Afrasiyab learns of Bijan's presence, 6 columns, 29 lines; verso: illustration and text: Piran stays the execution of Bijan at the very foot of the gibbet, 6 columns, 19 lines; one of a group of 6 folios.
Border: The text and the painting are set in red, green, gold, and blue rulings on cream-colored paper.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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